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December 15, 2014

Immigration Groups See Spike in Demand for Legal Aid

Last summer's tide of children flocking into the United States from Central America and President Obama's impending executive action on immigration are fueling a greater call for nonprofit legal aid, NBC News reports. The president's 2012 executive order on longtime residents brought to the country illegally as children is also a factor in the rising demand.

Organizations that provide legal help for people negotiating the complex immigration system say court results vary widely depending on whether an undocumented person seeking legal status has access to a lawyer. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, 83 percent of the more than 400,000 people deported last year were hastened out of the country by the customs and border officials before they could get hearings.